hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,139 miles

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2009 Kia Borrego brakes problems

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2009 Kia Borrego Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 172016


  • 92,000 miles


This will be the second time an incident of this nature occurred. We have owned this vehicle for less than 2 years. Both times, while driving, multiple lights including ABS, ESC off, emergency brakes, and downhill braking assist come on. Mileage, gear, and speedometer stop working so you have no idea what speed you are traveling suddenly. Vehicle speeds were at about 40 and 45 mph on clear roads. Once the vehicle is stopped, you can only shift to neutral gear or drive and the key can not be removed from the ignition, although the engine can be turned off. The brakes appear to continue working, although both times, I was able to slow the vehicle significantly once I noticed all of the lights on and lack of speedometer. There is no way to reverse the vehicle once this occurs. After the first time this occurred, we were told it was the ABS module. Kia service was unable to diagnose the light codes and had to work directly with Kia over a period of several days to diagnose the vehicle the first time this occurred. It was replaced 1 year and 20 days ago by a Kia dealership and failed again today. Kia service is not able to tell us if the ABS module should fail repeatedly or what would cause it to fail repeatedly.

- Conneautville, PA, USA

problem #4

Jan 162012


  • 29,452 miles
Our Kia Borrego has been nothing but problems since we purchased it. A rough ride and difficult to steer. Doesn't stay aligned and tires wear excessively. When ever we had vehicle serviced dealership would say"vehicle drives as designed, or tire pressure out of spec, once they even had the nerve to tell us the manager drives one and again drives as designed. Funny thing is thou on work order they wrote test drive. Found vehicle drives as designed. But mileage is the same when brought in 'exactly'. we have had to buy 2 and 1/2 full sets of tires. And still vehicle is hard to steer and rough ride to say the least. It is very uncomfortable to ride in, my 4yr old protests every time we have to drive anywhere other then corner market. Door actuators on front driver side and passenger side have broke 2X. Had to wait for parts they said they would call and never did. Instead we called to find out parts had been there. Notified dealership power outlets do not work dealer could not resolve issue. Driver seat belt unexpectedly unlatches while driver intermittently. Clear coat finish is peeling. Inside door handles metallic peeling leaving sharp edges.we get terrible customer service from Kia had car towed there 2X and were not offered rent-A-car either time. This vehicle is defective and I'm sure their are many more with these same issues. However Kia motors does not want to except responsibility on any level. 2 recalls already.I'm hoping other Borrego owners will make complaints in order to get investigation opened. We would like Kia motors to buy back our vehicle, so we can purchase something other then a Kia.

- Lake View Terrace, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 242015

Borrego 6-cyl

  • 76,432 miles
On the 23 of February I noticed all the lights on in dash, check engine, ESC, brake light ect. Was not able to put the car in park to shut it off. I did notice when driving, coming to a complete stop applying the brake, all the lights go off except the check engine light and it also acknowledge what gear I was in, therefore I was able to put the car into park and shut down the engine. Multiple times I have to unlock the shift manually. Took it to the dealership and was told it was the ABS module needing replaced.. I don't believe I should be paying 2000 for a part that I don't believe it needs. I believe it is the brake light stop switch which was replaced after a recall. This should be again recalled as a default, if it is the ABS module, then it should be recalled as well, this is a safety issue as much as this is happening. Im very frustrated with all we have to go through to get a solid answerer. And would appreciate a reply.

- Duncan Falls , OH, USA

problem #2

Nov 142014

Borrego 6-cyl

  • 43,810 miles
On Friday, 14 November 2014 I was driving to the va hospital at great naval base, Illinois in my 2009 Kia Borrego when the ESC light came on. At that time, L I was driving in the I-294 (highway) at the 55 miles speed with the cruise control on, suddenly the vehicle in front of me reduced the speed and when I applied the brakes to reduce the cruise control did not disengaged almost causing me to have an accident. I called the same date the Kia dealer at ed napleton Kia in elmhurst, il, make an appointment and brought it in on 18 Nov 14 at 10:30 supposedly the vehicle was fixed and I was charged $320.94 for a switch assy- brake and labor. Today, 24 November 2014 I was driving again in the same highway before mentioned and almost had another accident due to the same issue. I went to the dealer to talk to the maintenance personnel and I asked for the manager. The manager came out I explained him the situation and he send a mechanic to test drive with me the vehicle and I showed him the ESC light on and explained him that the vehicle continue with the same issues that had before. He replied that first they had to change the brake switch to see if that will fixed the issue but now I must change the brake module which is $1,500 dollars the part and about $800 dollars in labor. The dealer personnel and the manager never let me that this issue was a recall and I was charged for it. In addition, the mechanical/safety issue was not fixed.

- Bensenville, IL, USA

problem #1

Mar 112014

Borrego 6-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
While driving at 60 miles an hour suddenly ABS, vehicle stability icon, break icon, engine icon, cruise control turned on and speedometer failed and showed speed of zero while I am still going at same speed of 60. Few seconds later all icons disappeared as I prepared to stop so I kept driving till destination. Once car was turned on again at destination, above icons came on, had car towed to Kia dealership. Main electronic control module failed and was replaced without charge by Kia. Not clear what might have caused total failure of main ECM.

- Middleburg Heights, OH, USA

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